First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, illustrated by Judy Love
“That’s just it. I don’t know anybody, and it will be hard, and…I just hate it, that’s all.”
Mr. Hartwell tries saying different things to reassure her, and to get her out of bed. Finally Sarah tumbles out of bed and gets dressed.
Mr. Hartwell drives her to school. Her hands feel cold and clammy. She is nervous. Mr. Hartwell points out the school principal.
“You’ll love your new school once you get started….There’s your principal, Mrs. Burton.”
Mrs. Burton shows Sarah to her classroom, reassuring her along the way through the crowded hallways.
“Don’t worry. Everyone is nervous the first day.”
Then, Mrs. Burton introduces Sarah to the class. And, in a nice twist, we learn that Sarah is the teacher.
This is a fun picture book for the start of a new school year, or for children switching schools after the school year has started. The illustrations don’t show enough of Sarah for the reader to guess that she is an adult – keeping the surprise until the end. Sometimes it helps if children know that even teachers get nervous the first day of school. A good picture book to share as the start of school approaches.